United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has described Africa as an essential part of the future.
The US Secretary said this as he paid a visit to President Bola Tinubu in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
Blinken who arrived at the State House at about 06:53 pm local time was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, ushered into the President’s diplomatic room for a bilateral meeting.
According to the US State Department, his visit is part of a bid to forge a united front with key African democracies as crises engulf the world.
He said, “We see Africa as an essential, critical, central part of our future.”
Before landing in Nigeria, Blinken had jetted to Abidjan to visit the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara.
Nigeria is Blinken’s third destination in his week-long whistle-stop tour which began in Cabo Verde through Ivory Coast and is scheduled to end in the Central African state of Angola, according to the Punch.
Visiting a port in Praia, Cape Verde’s capital, that was expanded through US government assistance, Blinken remarked that the US was “all in” for Africa.